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Laundry and Utility Fixtures Buying Guide

Laundry rooms and mudrooms are busy places, so they need sinks and faucets that are both durable and stylish. This buying guide can help you learn more about the fixtures that are available and determine which ones are right for you.

Types of Laundry and Utility Fixtures

Types of Laundry and Utility Fixtures

Whether you want to add vintage charm to your laundry area or create a streamlined look, it's easy to find a sink that's up to the challenge. Old-fashioned freestanding laundry tubs are still available, or drop-in sinks can be added to a countertop above cabinets if space is an issue. If you really want to streamline laundry chores, you may want to splurge on a jetted sink that takes the hard work out of hand-washing clothes. If you plan to combine a laundry room and mudroom area, a floor sink becomes a convenient option. Here's a look at the most common laundry fixtures available.

Utility Sinks

Also called laundry sinks or laundry tubs, these sinks are convenient for hand-washing clothes or for gardening chores, such as watering plants or washing pots. The sinks vary in size and depth. You can opt for a freestanding model with legs for a vintage look, or go with a wall-mount version or a standard drop-in or undermount sink installed in a countertop.

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Blanco

Essential Laundry Sink Drop In 25 x 22BLANCO?s mission is to be the brand of choice in the luxury kitchen segment; offering our cu...stomers the highest quality and most innovative product with unsurpassed service.Blanco 441400 Features:Bowl Depth: 12.Required outside cabinet: 24.Coordinates with BLANCO Torino faucet.Cutout Size: 24. x 21-1/8.304 Series Stainless Steel.18 Gauge Stainless Steel.18/10 Chrome-Nickel Content.Limited Lifetime Warranty.16 Gallon Capacity.Drop In Sink. read more

Blanco
$451.75 $695.00
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Essential Laundry Sink Drop In 25 x 22BLANCO?s mission is to be the brand of choice in the luxury kitchen segment; offering our cu...stomers the highest quality and most innovative product with unsurpassed service.Blanco 441400 Features:Bowl Depth: 12.Required outside cabinet: 24.Coordinates with BLANCO Torino faucet.Cutout Size: 24. x 21-1/8.304 Series Stainless Steel.18 Gauge Stainless Steel.18/10 Chrome-Nickel Content.Limited Lifetime Warranty.16 Gallon Capacity.Drop In Sink. read more

WS Bath Collections
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Mastela by WS Bath Collections, Complete Laundry Vanity Unit with Ceramic SinkComplete Laundry Vanity UnitMade of Natural Bamboo W...ood and AluminumIncludes Ceramic White Bathroom Sink and Natural Bamboo Top ShelfIncludes Red ABS Plastic Bowl and Natural... read more

Stufurhome
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"This All-in-One Laundry Single Sink Vanity, draped in dark expresso polish, is a masterful combination of simplicity, functionali...ty and charm. The deep rectangular sink, spacious storage and drawers definitely fulfill the needs of modern day living.... read more

Jetted Laundry Sinks

A few manufacturers offer laundry sinks with micro-jets, which can help lift dirt from fabric on clothes that need to be hand-washed.

Floor Sinks

These models, installed in the floor, are handy additions to the mudroom or utility room. They form a convenient dog-washing station or can be used to fill large buckets or wash off muddy boots.

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Proflo
$233.00 $311.00
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Product Features: All Proflo products are factory tested before disbursement - 100% guaranteed to function flawlessly Service basi...n is constructed of a durable composite material Fully covered under Proflo's 1-year fixtures warranty Single basin design... read more

American Standard
$1,186.00
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"American Standard 9504.999.020 Floor-Mount Clinic Service Sink in White. At American Standard, we provide the style and performan...ce that fit perfecting into life, wherever that may be. Innovation never stops, ingenuity never ceases, history never... read more

Elkay
$1,342.00 $2,065.00
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Elkay 20" Stainless Steel Floor Service Sink with Drain Fitting Highest quality sink formed of 16 gauge nickel bearing stainless s...teel. Product Features: Floor mount Stainless steel Coved corners: 1-3/4" vertical and horizontal radius Apron on three... read more

American Standard
$1,423.00
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"American Standard 9504.999.020 Clinic Service Sink, Floor-Mount, WhiteAt American Standard, it all begins with their unmatched le...gacy of quality and innovation that has lasted for more than 130 years. It is this tradition of quality and innovation... read more

Laundry Faucets

You can use a faucet specifically designed for the laundry room or a standard kitchen or bath faucet. Although deck-mount faucets are more common, you can also use a wall-mount faucet if it works with your laundry room setup. Most importantly, check to make sure the faucet will work with the sink you choose.

Product Features

Product Features

No one wants to spend any more time in the laundry room than they have to, so look for features on sinks and faucets that increase convenience and streamline chores. Here are a few handy options you may want to consider when selecting fixtures.

Integral Drainboard

Molded-in drainboards available on some sinks are designed to help with hand-washing clothes.

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Aero Mfg

Aero Economy Integral Drainboard 21in x 66in - 4I-2166 - Aero Mfg Aero Mfg 4I-2166 Economy Integral Drainboard, 21 Front To Back X... 66 W, S/S, - Integral DrainboardsAero Economy Integral Drainboard 21in x 66in - 4I-2166 - Aero Mfg21 Front To Back X 66 Wide16 Gauge 400 Series S/SS/S Gussets & Legs With Adjustable White Metal FeetAero Safety EdgeFully Welded GussetsShipped KdDepth (Front - Back): 21Gauge: 16 Ga, 430 SeriesWidth (Side - Side): 66 Integral Drainboards AEO-4I-2166, 4I2166 read more

Whitehaus
$1,284.00 $1,835.00
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Whitehaus WHNCM4019 Brushed Stainless Steel NOAH Noah Drop-In 39-1/2" x 18-3/4" 1-bowl Reversible Sink with Integral Drainboard. K...itchen Sinks > Drop-In Single Bowl. Noah drop-in 39-1/2" x 18-3/4" single bowl reversible sink with integral drainboard,... read more

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy

Natural mineral and botanical ingredients gently condition skin while giving eyes beautiful color?safe for even the most sensitive... eyes.Wear these brilliantly hued shadows alone, or layer with other shades for a fresh, custom look.Casino is a soft peachy gold color with subtle shimmer and yellow undertonesNatural mineral ingredients such as mica, zinc, silica and iron oxides provide color and shineConditions using botanical ingredients such as sunflower, avocado and coconut extractsParaben free, talc free, formaldehyde free and gluten freeCertified cruelty-free by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics? (CCIC) Leaping Bunny ProgramAbout ZuZu LuxeZuZu Luxe cosmetics began with Gabriel DeSantino?s vision of natural, organic products, and has evolved with a philosophy of sustainability and healthy living. This mantra is translated through an organically based vegan and gluten-free cosmetics line created to bring out a woman?s natural beauty. Through education, promotion and hands-on training, Gabriel is an active participant and advocate for the use of natural beauty products and continues to share his knowledge and expertise with the world. As a true visionary in the natural and organic beauty industry, Gabriel has created fashion-forward, yet timeless products which set ZuZu Luxe cosmetics apart from the competition. His dynamic and effective innovation has not only given the beauty industry a healthier alternative for traditional daily beauty products, but has also been a key contributor to today?s trends and popular beauty tips and tricks. read more

High Backsplash

Some sinks feature a high backsplash that helps prevent water from splashing onto the wall behind it.

Sound Deadening Pads/Soundproof Undercoatings

Added under the sink body by the manufacturer, these features help decrease noise and are especially important for stainless-steel sinks.

Soaking Pan/Wire Rack

Some sinks come with built-in accessories designed to create moveable work areas for soaking or pretreating laundry.

Rear or Offset Drain

Sinks with a rear or offset drain have pipes at the back of the cabinet, so you have more cabinet space below to use for storage.

Pullout Spouts

Faucets with a spout that can be extended on a flexible hose can help with cleaning tasks.

High-Arc Spouts

Faucets with an arched spout can make it easier to fill large buckets of water.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you're shopping for laundry and utility fixtures, think about how you want your laundry room to look. Do you want your fixtures to stand out and add vintage charm, or fade into the background? Also keep space constraints in mind, and measure carefully before shopping for a sink. It's important also to think about how you'll use the space on a daily basis. Will the room be solely devoted to laundry, or will it double as a mudroom or gardening area? The answers to these questions can help lead you to a sink and faucet that suit your needs.

Material/Finish

Laundry and utility sinks are available in a variety of materials; each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Cast-iron sinks, featuring a layer of porcelain enamel over cast iron, are durable and easy to maintain, and they're available in a variety of colors. Their smooth, glossy surface helps hide water spots, but they are susceptible to stains. Cast-iron sinks are often very heavy and may require a sturdy countertop and a special sink-base cabinet. Acrylic sinks are lightweight, easy to install, and more affordable than many other sink options. Their surface is stain-resistant and easy to clean, and scratches can be sanded and polished out. Stainless-steel sinks are affordable, durable, and easy to cleanóbut they can be scratched through everyday use and look dingy if you don't wipe them out regularly. Faucets, meanwhile, are available in a variety of finishes to match the color and style of your laundry room. Chrome is an affordable and versatile option, but many other finishes are also available.

Everyday Use

As you are considering the various sink types and configurations, consider how you will use it on a daily basis. If you'll be primarily using it for hand-washing clothes, look for a model with an integral drainboard. If you'll be using the sink for gardening tasks, you may want to opt for an extra-deep basin to make watering plants easier. If you need a place to wash your dog or will be combining your laundry area and mudroom, consider a handy floor sink.

Size

As you're shopping for a laundry or utility sink, consider the size of your laundry area as well as existing cabinetry. If you'll be installing the sink in a countertop with cabinets below, make sure the sink is sized right for the sink-base cabinet. If space is at a premium, consider purchasing a compact model. It's also important to choose a faucet that complements the size of the sink to ensure a balanced look.

Faucet Holes

Many laundry faucets are centerset models that require only one faucet hole, but if the spout and handles are installed separately, you'll need a sink with at least three holes. Some longer, trough-style utility sinks are designed for two or even three faucets. Consider what's best for your needs and space requirements.

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